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As with any laboratory, our members bring many talents besides scientific experimentation and analysis skills to the group. One such student/post-doc was Jim Tripp, a former Cornell University Glee Club member who sang in local choir groups, and, along with his wife, Shelley, composed lyrics in his spare time. Jim's legacy includes two Giovannoni Laboratory-inspired songs, The SAR11 Song, which details Jim's travails trying to coax Pelagibacter to grow, and The Carboy Collection Song, aka "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Throw Up Filling Carboys", about our periodic trips to the Oregon Coast to collect seawater media. Accompaniment is provided by Joshua Kitner.
Jim and Shelley also lent their talents to the ProchlorococcusFest composing a ditty in honor of SAR11's photosynthetic neighbor, a brief bit of which can be heard on National Public Radio's Morning Edition.